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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 7 — Apr. 4, 2005
  • pp: 2678–2687

Optical bistable switching action of Si high-Q photonic-crystal nanocavities

Masaya Notomi, Akihiko Shinya, Satoshi Mitsugi, Goh Kira, Eiichi Kuramochi, and Takasumi Tanabe  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 7, pp. 2678-2687 (2005)

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We have demonstrated all-optical bistable switching operation of resonant-tunnelling devices with ultra-small high-Q Si photonic-crystal nanocavities. Due to their high Q/V ratio, the switching energy is extremely small in comparison with that of conventional devices using the same optical nonlinear mechanism. We also show that they exhibit all-optical-transistor action by using two resonant modes. These ultrasmall unique nonlinear bistable devices have potentials to function as various signal processing functions in photonic-crystal-based optical-circuits.

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OCIS Codes
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(200.4660) Optics in computing : Optical logic
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(250.5300) Optoelectronics : Photonic integrated circuits

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Original Manuscript: February 28, 2005
Revised Manuscript: March 23, 2005
Published: April 4, 2005

Masaya Notomi, Akihiko Shinya, Satoshi Mitsugi, Goh Kira, Eiichi Kuramochi, and Takasumi Tanabe, "Optical bistable switching action of Si high-Q photonic-crystal nanocavities," Opt. Express 13, 2678-2687 (2005)

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